soy vs paraffin
- With paraffin you can produce a highly fragrant candle each and every time. With soy, you have to do so much trial and error which ends up as money wasted if your efforts are fruitless..
- —Guest shay
Do Your Research
- Soy wax does produce soot, though noticeably less than paraffin-so don't let the heresay that it doesn't produce ANY soot at all necessarily sway you if you're a paraffin fan. But you should know that paraffin is derived from petroleum, the same stuff we pump into our gas tanks. So no one should be trying to justify its use for burning it in our homes because it's cheaper, burns more evenly, blah blah blah, when there is an alternative. Fossil fuels won't last forever. Scent throw can be improved in soy candles via using fragrance formulated for use in soy, or true essential oils, and basically knowing what you're doing. If you're not getting the throw you want in your soy candles, it's likely you're not using enough FO, using the wrong FO, using the wrong wick size, or otherwise don't know what you're doing. Better chandlers make better candles, it really IS that simple.
- —Guest Chandler1
Which Wax is Better
- I recently found out that no soy candle wax comes from United States. All the soy grown in US strictly supplies food and drug purposes. “Grow in the US” was one of my marketing strategies used in promoting my candles. I checked with my soy wax supplier and he confirmed this fact… I am disappointed. Perhaps I should grow soy for candle makers. :)
Soy vs Paraffin
- We started our candle company in 2003 making only paraffin candles. We developed a successful line and were happy. We began to experiment with soy in 2004 and with ALOT of trial and error, developed an AWESOME 100% soy candle with an excellent scent throw and burn time. This soy line has made us successful in our area. I personally do not like the chemical aroma or black soot of paraffin. (petroleum)
soy or parrafin wax
- I prefer soy because it is more natural, however, I do want to make my own blend for better scent throw using soy & parrafin. Does anyone know what % of each works best?
- —Guest firstname.lastname@example.org
which wax is better
- Paraffin wins, no contest. "Old Pro" is right about the Soy hype, I searched the internet for a long time trying to get an unbiased opinion on the best container wax - ended up getting soy first which has very little to NO scent throw, makes an ugly clear container candle as dye dosen't seem to bind very well with it just like the frag. oil. I have read the phrase: "soy burns cleaner and cooler" many times and this is so false. Soybeans are good for some things, but not all things.
- —Guest shay
- I like the paraffin was much better.. it is cheaper to use and the candles seem to burn much more evenly !
- I HAVE MADE PARA-BLEND CANDLES (J-223)FOR 7 YEARS. ALL MY CUSTOMERS LOVE THEM. JUST STARTED MAKING SOY-BLEND TOO. THE PARA THROW SCENT MUCH BETTER. BUT, ONE OF MY BEST CUSTOMERS SAYS SHE LIKES THE SOY BETTER. I GUESS IT'S WHAT YOU LIKE BETTER. SOY IS SUPPOSED TO BURN CLEANER BUT I HAVEN'T NOTICED MUCH DIFFERENCE.
- —Guest SANDIE T
- I've never tried anything else so that's what I vote for.
- —Guest Jill
- I blend my waxes! I use a 20% soy 80% Vaseline/paraffin blend for container candles. I've had trouble getting scent throw from pure soy candles. I've also had lots of problems with "wet spots" using pure paraffin container blends. Using a soy/paraffin blend I seem to get the best of both. I can get excellent scent throw (both cold and burning). I've also been delighted with a minimum of spotting. I haven't yet tried it with pillars. If anyone has, let me know.
- —Guest criolle johnny
Soy vs. Paraffin
- You can make pillar candles with soy and they work beautifully. The trick is to use the right wick with the right soy blend. There is some great advice at www.CandleScience.com along with some videos. I've been making container and pillar candles along with soy tarts. They all work great but you have to do your homework. I've never used paraffin. I have always heard that soy is more sustainable, does smoke less (as long as you use the correct wax and wick). Not completely smokeless but smokes less. Plus I've heard that paraffin contains petroleum which I don't like. However, I could always be misinformed and I'll definitely do some research. I've heard of palm wax and they make beautiful candles. However, you have to be careful of the source of the palm wax to be sure you're not contributing to the mass deforestation of the rain forests elsewhere in the world. Anyone tried beeswax for candles?
- —Guest Susan
Which wax is better
- We haven't been making candles for a long time, but we made the decision from the beginning to use soy wax as it is a renewable resource and I like the way it burns. We only make container candles. I guess if we decide to move into pillars we will have to try some of the other vegetable waxes.
- i more used to make candles and i can easly makes flowers from paraffin wax. And i yet not found soy wax in my city (India)
- —Guest hiral
Paraffin Vs Soy Continued:
- CONT: A candle will smoke for several reasons: #1. Fire produces smoke. According to physics, anything that burns & does not go through complete combustion produces carbon. (soot,smoke) w the only exception being an acetylene torch) #2. A candle may smoke MORE for several reasons that have NOTHING to do with the type of wax used. The MAIN reason a candle might smoke excessively is because the candleler either used the wrong size or type of wicks; did not center the wick properly or the candle is being burned improperly. (Not trimming wicks) Another, common, reason a candle might smoke excessively is because too much fragrance was added to the wax. And yet another reason for excessive smoke might be that too much of another additive was used. The problems are not with EITHER of the waxes folks. It's either with the candle-MAKER not making the candle properly or the consumer not burning the candle properlyly. Most ALL smoke/soot problems are either wick problems or amateur candlelers.
- —Guest Old pro
Paraffin VS Soy =o)
- 1,000 characters isn't NEAR enough space for my reply to this question but I'll try. The soy industries hype regarding soy being superior to paraffin is an easily-swallowed pill with a very bad after taste. Consumers are much too gullible & do not care, or else do not bother, to do their homework on the subject. All 2-1/2 quadrillion new soy websites out there all basically copy the hype from a previous pro-soy website without even bothering to check the facts! So, we have quadrillions of soy sites all saying the same thing while *very little of it holds ANY truth whatsoever. Most all of them claim that soy burns clean with no smoke (or much less smoke) compared to paraffin. I've been using them *both for many years and this is simply FALSE information which was all started by the soy industry to promote and sell their product. The truth is: Where there's fire there IS smoke folks. Thats one of the laws of physics. A candle canNOT burn without releasing smoke & therefore soot! CONT>
- —Guest Old Pro
Which wax is better
- I have only used soy, and like it because it burns cleaner. I know it has limited applications, such as use in containers, but decorating the containers can be part of the fun.
- —Guest evzone2000
Which Wax is Better
- Although each wax has it's own unique personality. I prefer only natural waxes such as Beeswax, Soy, and Palm. I have found that burning paraffin wax actually contributes to the onset of my migraine headaches. Wick selection when mixing the natural waxes can prove to be just a little tricky however, they do produce a beautiful candle.
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